Ismailov vs Mineev topped FNG 90 from Moscow

FNG 90 Results & Clips: Mineev and Ismailov brawl to a wild draw, Ali Isaev by heavyweight spin kick KO

Moscow, Russia – Fight Nights Global returned at FNG 90 with its first major event since FNG 85 in March, broadcast live for the first time on DAZN in the US.  The FNG 90 card shined a spotlight on several of the promotion’s top stars, read on for recaps from all the fights and clips of the top action!


FNG 90 Results:


185: Vladimir Mineev (11-1-1, #43 WorldDraw5  Magomed Ismailov (13-3-1, #106 World)

Mineev entered this fight as the favorite, but Ismailov was completely undaunted as he charged forward in characteristically aggressive fashion and forced his man into a crazy five round main event brawl. Ismailov set Mineev on the back foot with a solid punch before taking him down by the cage midway through the first frame. The stocky powerhouse Ismailov landed some decent ground-and-pound, followed by several cracking uppercuts once Mineev scrambled up. Ismailov punctuated a dominant round 1 by leveling Mineev with a left hook and a big knee to the face!  Easy 10-8 round 1 for Ismailov if I were a judge. Mineev briefly looked to be on rubber legs as he swung wildly at the start of round 2 and ate a straight right down the pipe for his efforts. Within moments, Ismailov scored a double leg and advanced to side control. Mineev appeared to be out of gas as Ismailov bullied him on the mat; Ismailov tried to hasten his foe’s cardio demise with a nasty ax kick to the body as Mineev laid in guard. The Moscow crowd was nuclear as the two men got up with under two minutes to go in R2, and Ismailov suddenly looked like the man suffering cardio issues. Mineev stalked forward, hands down, landing a head kick & spinning back fist in the last minute.  What a war through 10 minutes!  Ismailov’s arms looked leaden as he failed to react quickly enough to block punches & kicks at the start of the third.  Mineev talked trash, stalking forward with jabs and kicks to all levels, but he didn’t have the snap to seriously threaten a finish.

Both men seemed weary but ready to go as the main event rounds kicked off.  Ismailov resumed marching forward searching for the takedown, but now Mineev was too strong as he used his long frame to sprawl.  With that option unavailable, the somewhat-rejuvenated Ismailov swung away with hooks while Mineev countered with leg kicks & uppercuts.  Mineev held his arms up in the air mid-round as he prematurely celebrated victory; make no mistake, this was a very tough fourth round for both men, with Ismailov landing the hardest shots but Mineev picking away with jabs off the back foot.  Both men were amped as round 5 started, with Mineev landing a brutal step-in knee but falling prey to a takedown moments later!  Ismailov expended a ton of energy trying to control position but couldn’t do much with the position. Back on the feet, Mineev continued posturing for the crowd as he took a turn moving forward and scoring a takedown.  Ismailov, completely gassed out, simply refused to yield as he got to his feet and continued pressing forward.  Mineev finally scored a takedown when he dropped Ismailov with a kick late in round 5, but he chose to raise his arm in triumph instead of pouncing on his downed opponent. The home favorite Mineev continued to pepper Ismailov until the end as the crowd roared.  Possible FNG fight of the year here, as the momentum shifted constantly between these two never-say-die warriors.  The judges couldn’t pick a winner from these two warriors, as they went 49-46 Ismailov, 49-46 Mineev, and 48-48 for the split draw.  No complaints here.  Awesome battle that neither man deserved to lose.



265: Ali Isaev (4-0, #196 World)  KO1  Alexander Gladkov (10-3, #144 World)

Combat Sambo champ Isaev used a tactical approach early as he picked at jacked KO artist Gladkov with leg kicks and body kicks.  Once his husky opponent slowed around the 4 minute mark, the 6’4″ Isaev unleashed a hellacious wheel kick that landed flush and sent Gladkov careening to the canvas!  Awesome KO from 34 year old Ali Isaev, who has rapidly distinguished himself as a man to watch in the heavyweight ranks.



155: Ruslan Kolodko (9-7, #514 Russia)  Sub1  Maksim Schekin (5-3, #159 Russia)

Unbelievably shredded St. Petersburg native Schekin looked like a hulk next to Kolodko, but that didn’t keep him from eating canvas courtesy of a left hook in the opening minute.  Kolodko fought off an armbar try and controlled much of round 1 from guard until Schekin swept over to mount with 90 seconds to work.  The favorite smashed away briefly until Kolodko regained guard.  That’s when Schekin fell prey to a surprise armbar that elicited an instant tap!  Big upset by late replacement Ruslan Kolodko, who triumphed in his first shot in the big leagues after a middling run through the Russian regionals.



135: Mukhamed Eminov (12-0,#270 World)  SD3  Vladimir Egoyan (18-7, #272 World)

Undefeated yet largely untested submission ace Eminov finally found an opponent that he couldn’t easily take down in the stocky Egoyan, but he found a way to surmount the challenge and keep his perfect record intact by the thinnest of margins. On the feet, Eminov enjoyed a huge reach advantage but couldn’t figure out how to keep Egoyan from ducking into the pocket and landing punches of his own. Once Eminov got warmed up he started working in solid body and head kicks, which helped him limit the veteran’s offense in round 2. Egoyan retaliated by scoring a brief takedown 2 minutes in, but he wanted no part of engaging with Eminov on the mat.  Eminov finally forced the grappling when he finished a single leg with just over a minute to go in the second, but Egoyan refused to stay down as he wore Eminov on his back for the rest of the round.  Egoyan finally decided to engage from top position in round 3, and it turned out to be a solid decision as he uncorked elbows and punches that cut Eminov under the left eye. The prospect looked totally gassed but managed to absorb everything that Egoyan could muster over the final four minutes. Dominant work from Egoyan late, but two judges deemed that Eminov took the early action en route to a split decision win.



145: Bekhrouz Zukhurov (7-2, #152 Russia) TKO2 Ilya Kurzanov (13-8, #303 World)

These two FNG regulars threw down in a wild brawl early on, with Kurzanov landing potent punches and head kicks while Zukhurov did much of his damage with knees strikes and counter hooks. After a frenetic start, the pace mostly kept up in round 2. Zukhurov’s defensive footwork gradually slowed, which gave recent FNG title contender Kurzanov an opportunity to show off his arsenal of flashy kicking attacks. Midway through the fight, the tide turned suddenly when Zukhurov connected with several solid right hand counters. With 90 seconds to work, Zukhurov ducked under for the first takedown of the fight and worked to the back. 45 seconds later, Bekhrouz Zukhurov successfully finished off his comeback by pounding out a TKO from back mount. Great fight!



135: Evgeniy Ignatiev (12-2-2, #263 World) UD3 Sharamazan Chupanov (5-3-1, #315 World)

Ignatiev used a potent straight right hand to ding Chupanov several times in the opening minutes and set the tone for a dominant 15 minute performance.  Chupanov frequently tried to switch levels for a takedown but never came close to cracking Ignatiev’s stalwart base. With his foe forced into a striking match, Ignatiev dominated with his potent right while adding in occasional body shots and increasingly wild hooks late in round 2. Chupanov finally found the mark with several big right hands in round 3. Those shots certainly got Ignatiev’s attention, but he never backed down from slugging away despite owning a clear lead on the scorecards.   Great work from 23 year old Evgeniy Ignatiev, who showed off terrific all-around skills and warrior spirit in his most impressive performance yet.



170: Maxim Butorin (15-1-1, #265 World) TKO1 Maksim Panshin (2-1)

Not much of a fight here, as late replacement Panshin landed one solid punch before falling to his more experienced foe. Butorin overwhelmed Panshin with elbows, knees & punches before finishing with an extended battery of hammerfists in under 90 seconds.



155: Nariman Abbasov (23-3, #211 World) TKO1 Mikhail Gogitidze (9-6, #619 World)

Massive mismatch here as seven-time FNG/ACB winner Abbasov marched forward slinging power from the start. After landing a variety of flashy kicks and thudding punches, Abbasov crushed Georgia’s Gogitidze with a knee to the face that left him tapping frantically on the canvas and earned the 24 year old Azerbaijani his 8th straight win in fine fashion:



There was a brief intermission with a very fake heavyweight fight, maybe for a movie?


145: Bakhachali Bakhachaliev (7-2-2, #375 World) UD3 Igor Zhirkov (8-3, #71 Russia)

Bakhachaliev’s distance striking game was on point throughout this closely contested 15 minute contest. The taller man kept range perfectly with footwork & front kicks that kept Zhirkov from doing much in the striking department. Foiled on the feet, Zhirkov focused on wrestling but found those efforts thwarted as well. Kazakhstan’s Zhirkov briefly cracked the riddle, and Backhachaliev’s chin, with a Superman punch at the start of round 2. Bakachaliev looked to be slowing as the fight reached its midpoint and Zhirkov began connecting with more frequency. Both men traded takedowns late in round 2, with Zhirkov eventually solidifying top control but Bakhachaliev nimbly sinking in an inverted triangle as the final seconds ticked off. Round 3 commenced with the Dagestani snapping Zhirkov’s head back with a kick. A gassed-out Zhirkov ate elbows and hammerfists when he came up short on a last gasp takedown try. Bakhachaliev (5-2-2 FNG) never pressed for a finish, instead keeping things composed and technical en route to earning a competitive unanimous decision.



135: Nikita Baltabaev (7-3) Sub1 Grachik Engibariyan (8-7)

At first it looked like Engbariyan was the submission threat in this fight, as he sold out for a guillotine but ended up planted under Baltabaev for most of round 1. With around a minute to go Engibaryan threatened with a triangle, but Baltabaev escaped and snagged a kneebar for the suddent round 1 submission. Nice work from Kazakhstan’s Baltabaev, who earned his fourth submission finish in FNG/WFCA competiton.


170: Kirill Kryukov (6-1) TKO3 Dmitri Morozov (4-3)

In his first opportunity on a major Russian fight show, Kryukov impressed by using his range and educated feet to tenderize Morozov throughout round 1. Kryukov attacked legs, body, and head equally, finally scoring serious damage with a liver kick that made Morozov grimace. Midway through round 1, Kryukov added in hands and nearly found the finish from mount after scoring a late knockdown. Kryukov’s confidence increased when he landed a pair of sharp head kicks and a flying knee in the first 90 seconds of round 2. After a body shot wounded Morozov again late in the second, Kryukov pressed the attack with knees and elbows but just couldn’t put Morozov away before the R2 bell. Tellingly tough performance from Morozov, who finally fell to a salvo of sharp knee strikes & a final kick to the face early in round 3. Keep an eye on Kirill Kryukov, who didn’t have his wrestling tested here but demonstrated the kind of striking arsenal that can give most opponents problems at 170.


155: Gadzhi Rabadanov (9-3-2, #88 Russia) UD3 Bekbolot Abdyldaev (11-4, #60 Russia)

The first substantial matchup of FNG 90 was a complete mismatch that saw Rabadanov ground and abuse Kyrgyszstan’s Abdyldaev. Abdyldaev is a serious finisher, having taken out his opponent inside round 1 in his last 7 wins, but he only got to show off toughness here. Rabadanov left his for bloodied and swollen but had to settle for the unanimous decision win to run his record to 4-1-1 in Fight Nights Global.



205: Karakhan Balakerimov (1-0) TKO1 Azubuike Okafor (0-1)

A quick slam stunned Okafor, which allowed fellow pro debutant Balakerimov to pound out his defenseless foe for the quick TKO win.


155: Safarbek Kurbanov (3-1) Sub1 Kamrokul Yusupov (0-4)

Kurbanov used a Hulkster-style slam to drop Yusupov on the back of his head. Moments later the Tajikstan native Kurbanov cinched an RNC for the quick victory, a nice rebound from an 89 second TKO loss in his FNG debut last December.


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